Karachi - English cricket authorities on Wednesday asked a Pakistani court
to help them recover almost $390 000 in fines and costs levelled against
banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for spot-fixing.
A disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned
Kaneria in June 2012 after he was found guilty of corruption while playing for
Essex county in a limited-overs match in 2009.
The panel imposed a fine of 100 000 on Kaneria. He lost his second and final
appeal against the penalty in August 2014.
Khawaja Naveed, a lawyer for the ECB, said the petition in the Sindh High
Court in Karachi demands Kaneria pay the fine as well as additional costs
incurred over the course of the case.
"I have filed a petition on behalf of the ECB in which we have demanded
that a total cost of 249 000 be recovered from Kaneria," Naveed said.
Naveed said a notice would be issued to Kaneria by Saturday and in case the
former leg-spinner fails to pay the ECB had asked the court to demand the
former player sell his property.
Kaneria, who said last year he would consider appealing in either a European
court or the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, said he had not yet
received formal notification of the action.
"I have come to know about this through the media and if I get any
notice I will consult my lawyers," he said.
Under International Cricket Council rules, a ban on a player by any member
country is applicable globally, though Kaneria took part in a private T20
cricket league organised in the US last year.
Kaneria is Pakistan's most successful Test spinner with 261 wickets in 61
He is also only the second-ever Hindu to play for Pakistan at the highest
level - the first was his wicket-keeping cousin Anil Dalpat - and was something
of a poster-child for the country's minorities until his ban.